Dr. Binay K. Nath, Ph.D, Rtd. AES (I)
President, Governing Body, West Goalpara College
Ex-Director, Higher Edu, Elementary Edu, NF & AE, SCERT, Assam
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Indefatigable and unfathomable pursuits of the visionaries and social leaders of West Goalpara, a critical western part of Assam bearing historic as well as strategic importance and a region languished in conservatism, illiteracy, impoverishment and despondency, ultimately culminated the concept of an institution to illuminate the fortitude of development. The promoters left no stone unturned to mobilize all resources – physical, financial and human to establish this college. Since the last three and half decades many waters have flown through the Brahmaputra, the then leaders of all hues and faiths came out with strong determination to put in onerous efforts for the establishment of West Goalpara College on 21st August, 1981 and till now the general will of the people extending to remote rural areas carried out the legacy of keenness and contribution to the college as a holy institution.
The community of West Goalpara College has been endeavouring to create a hub of knowledge, competency, skill, research, lab-to-land innovation as well as extension to community and outreach. Through its holistic development approach, it has played pioneering role in consolidating educational reinforcement through its exclusive and inclusive activities and has galvanized the mindset of the youth and the society at large.
The management is committed to promote a vibrating learning environment for students incorporating in an atmosphere copiously providing ICT related facilities to students groomed in rural set up and indoctrinate in them precept of competition, intelligence, morality, tolerance and punctuality in the way of living. From a small community of a hundred odd learners the institution has now matured to a substantially big community of around 1500 students. The college has catered successfully to the needs of rural and sub-urban students, and attracted students even from outside the state. Focusing on quality of learning, research, innovation and leadership in social change as well as development, the college has adopted the approach of inculcating spirit of knowledge pursuit, discipline, hard work, excellence and service.
While this institution has not only been supporting with plausible amenities to the faculty who is preparing to strive for empowerment through research and innovation, but also persuading the faculty to sustain the capacity build-up by facilitating for organization of/ participation in seminar, workshop, project work, refresher/orientation course etc. so that the learner community is benefitted by such faculty improvement programme.
The college fetches many adversities and privations, which are challenges to the stakeholders and which are considered opportunities to research workers.
- Capacity building of feeder institutions is not credible enough to deliver competent output save very few gifted talent.
- Tempo of development bypassed the neighborhoods and outreach areas.
- Shyness in women’s access to education and timidity in participating in development plan and social reconstruction loom large in the local community
There lie the opportunities for intervention in the economy and the society of the dormant habitations. Few feeder institutions have been selected for need-based support. One village has been selected for adoption to galvanize the mindset of the people for better standard of life as well as living and fire up aspiration of the people for participation in development. Research team of the college tied up with one women NGO (WWW) for skill development and another sustained close linkage with NGO for productivity
Under the prevailing circumstances the efforts, though arduous, are creditable.